Mt. Bromo, Ijen Crater Lake and Sukamade - 4 days / 3 nights

Turtle eggs at the Sukamade turtle beach in the National Park Meru Betiri - East Java, IndonesiaA lot of East Java's specialties you will meet in four days. It will be an impressive trip after which you certainly need some relaxation in Bali to rethink and consume all of what you have seen and experienced.

Last updated: 19 September 2018

  An overview over the caldera of Mt. Bromo - East Java, Indonesia
  Bromo sunrise - East Java, Indonesia
  Horse men at Mt. Bromo - East Java, Indonesia
  Tourist humor - Mt. Bromo, East Java, Indonesia
  Mt. Ijen seen from a distance - East Java, Indonesia
  The area seen from the slopes of Mt. Ijen - East Java, Indonesia
  Ijen Crater Lake - East Java, Indonesia
  Coffee at the Ijen Plateau - East Java, Indonesia
  A turtle at the Sukamade turtle beach - Meru Betiri National Park, East Java, Indonesia
  A turtle going back to the sea - Meru Betiri National Park, East Java, Indonesia
  Your transport to the Sukamade turtle beach - National Park Meru Betiri, East Java, Indonesia
  Turtle - East Java, Indonesia

Day 1: Malang - Madakaripura waterfalls - Cemara Lawang

You will reach Cemara Lawang in about 3 hours. Before reaching Cemara Lawang you can visit the mystical waterfall Madakaripura. To reach the waterfall we cross a small beautiful river with clear fresh water and andesit stones. After a 15 minutes walk, you will see the falling water. Be ready to get wet... Behind the waterfall is a small cave, that is known as the meditation site of Gajahmada.
After your visit to the waterfall, we continue to the village Cemara Lawang village. Here you are free to explore the area or just relax in your hotel.

Day 2: Mt. Pananjakan - Mt. Bromo - Bondowoso

At 03:30 in the morning, which indeed is very very early, you depart to Mt. Pananjakan. The highest view point around the crater of Mt. Bromo, from where you can see the sunrise (depending on weather conditions). Panoramas can be surprising and even spectacular and Mt. Semeru.
After you have warmed up a little bit, we will drive through the Sea of Sand to visit the active volcano Mt. Bromo. Walk in just 40 minutes to the crater rim, stop several times and enjoy where you actually are. Once back at your 4WD, you will be brought back to your hotel in Cemara Lawang to have breakfast.
After breakfast you will have to check out. You will depart to Bondowoso city. You can have a break (not included) at the winding road over the Arak-Arak hill enroute to Bondowoso city.
The drive from Cemara Lawang to Bondowoso takes more or less 5 hours.
Arrival time Bondowoso, by estimation: 16:00.

Day 3: Bondowoso - Ijen Crater Lake - Meru Betiri - Sukamade

At 02:00 you will have to get up as it will be a long adventurous day. The drive from Bondowoso to Paltuding takes 2 hours. 
In Paltuding your hike to the top of mount Ijen starts. Although it is just a 3 km walk, it takes more than an hour to get there. This rather steep walk will be rewarded with a magnificent view over the blue greenish Ijen Crater Lake; the most acidic lake on earth. While hiking to the top you will meet many sulfur miners. Nowadays most miners use trolleys to wheel their sulfur harvest down Ijen's slopes.
Once back at the parking area don't forget to visit the sulfur weighing area just behind it. 

Before departing enjoy a cup of coffee and maybe a local snack, because it will take another 5 to 6  hours to reach your next destination.
In Pesanggaran you can enjoy a local lunch before changing cars. You will have to get by 4wd to Meru Betiri National Park. En-route you will have some interesting stops as you will pass plantations and beaches.
At 19:00 a park ranger will guide you to the Sukamade turtle beach. A 3 km sand strip on the Indian Ocean where 5 species of turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Female turtles lay more than one hundred eggs. The sea turtles usually come ashore around 19:30 and return to the sea around midnight.

Day 4: Sukamade - Ketapang - Gilimanuk - Bali

The first thing in the morning is releasing baby turtles at Sukamade beach. After releasing these tiny wonders, you will get back to your homestay for breakfast. Then prepare to check out.
On the way to Ketapang harbor you will pass (and visit if you wish) 2 beautiful beaches, namely Green Bay and Rajegwesi beach.
Then you can stop for lunch in a local restaurant, before finally arriving in Ketapang harbor. Crossing the Bali Strait takes about 1 hour and Bali time is 1 hour behind Java time.

Time table

08.00 - 16.00
16.00 -
03.30 - 04.10
06.00 - 06.30
09.30 - 10.00
10.00 - 13.30
14.30 - 17.30
04.30 - 05.15
05.30 - 06.30
08.30 - 09.00
09.00 - 12.00
12.00 - 13.00
13.00 - 17.00
19.00 -
07.00 - 08.00
09.00 - 12.00
12.00 - 14.00
Malang - Madakaripura - Cemara Lawang
Free program
Cemara Lawang - Mt. Pananjakan
Mt. Pananjakan - Mt. Bromo
Mt. Bromo - Cemara Lawang
Cemara Lawang - beach Pasir Putih
Pasir Putih - Ijen Plateau
Ijen Plateau - Paltuding
Paltuding - Trekking to Ijen Crater Lake
Breakfast with coffee/tea in Paltuding
Paltuding - Pesanggaran
Lunch (not included)
Pesanggaran - National Park Meru Betiri
Turtle 'hunting'
Releasing baby turtles at the beach
Meru Betiri - Pesanggaran
Pesanggaran - Ketapang
AC Private Transport
4x4 Jeep
4x4 Jeep
4x4 Jeep
AC Private Transport
AC Private Transport
AC Private Transport
On foot
AC Private Transport
4x4 Jeep
On foot
On foot
4x4 Jeep
AC Private Transport


Price tour Bromo - Ijen - Sukamade - drop Ketapang

You can ask questions using the form below. The form can also be used to make reservations:

Price includes:
♠ Private transport with ac, driver and fuel during the tour
♠ A little English speaking driver
♠ 4WD Jeep for the sunrise tour at Mt. Bromo
♠ 4WD Jeep to the National Park Meru Betiri / Sukamade turtle beach
♠ 3 nights accommodation
♠ Meals: 3x breakfast, 1x dinner (Sukamade)
♠ Daily mineral water
♠ Daily seasonal fruit
♠ Coffee break in Pananjakan
♠ All Entrance fees to places we visit
♠ Ranger and donation for releasing baby turtles at Sukamade turtle beach
♠ Ferry to Bali
  Price excludes:
♠ Travel insurance
♠ Personal expenses
♠ All other lunches and dinners as stated in 'included'
♠ Horse riding at Mt. Bromo